Noise surveys at work

So, you think you may need a noise assessment but being a normal human being you have no idea how to go about it or where to start. Be proud of this as the alternative is to be one of us noise geeks and you really don't want that.

The pages in this section should give you all the advice you need to arrange your workplace noise assessments, whether you do them yourself or if you are choosing to use an external company. If you can't see what you are looking for try the wee search icon up there on the right, and if still no joy feel free to contact me and I will try and answer directly and add it to the site.

If you are looking for someone to come and do a thoroughly marvellous job for you then of course we are more than happy to help and the information on the noise assessment service is here.

The best bit of general advice I can give is to take your time and do any assessment in a logical step-by-step way. It's tempting to run around all over the place trying to measure everything as fast as possible but just choose one area, do that, then the next, then the next, and so on. 

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Without doing a noise assessment, how do you know you need to do a noise assessment? These pages lead you through this initial decision-making process. And once you've done an assessment, how often do you need to re-do it?

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So you are thinking of doing a noise assessment, but what training is needed to give enough competence. This section covers training needs and details a couple of the routes available for getting certified.

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Jobs and work change all the time, so how accurate do you need to be when assessing noise? Also advice on covering shifts, how long to measure for, and most importantly of all, measure people not places.

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Noise meters can look a little bewildering so this is advice on what to look for in a noise meter, and some advice on whether it is worth you buying your own or renting them. Oh, and calibration requirements are covered too.

And the final page is for those looking to use a noise consultant - these are the issues to look out for and the questions to ask so you are not shooting in the dark on it and know what questions to ask and what potential problems to look out for.